Creative & Performing Arts
Creative and Performing Arts are given a high profile throughout the school. However girls want to express themselves, we encourage them to do it, providing opportunities for creative growth and diverse experiences through Art and Design, Drama, Music and Dance, both as part of curriculum and through our broad extra-curricular programme.
The Music Department at Abbot’s Hill is a fundamental part of school life. With over 200 students receiving tuition in school and more taking an active role in music groups throughout the year, we have earned a reputation as a centre of excellence.
There are numerous opportunities to get involved in Music. Extra-curricular music groups include: flute choir, reed group, chamber orchestra, wind band, string group and there are several choirs. Pupils continually display their musical talents, taking part in concert tours at home and abroad. Our Chamber Choir recently played to packed audiences on a highly successful tour of Holland.
Vocal and instrumental tuition is given by our strong team of visiting teachers, often leading to ABRSM exams. Most lessons take place during curriculum time and rotate through the timetable. Although in this rotation some occur before morning school, during lunchtime and at the end of the school day priority is given to Year 10 and 11 GCSE pupils. As far as possible, we attempt to make sure that the same subject is missed not more than once each half of term.
The school is renowned for the quality of its drama provision. Recent productions have been challenging and varied, ranging from Oliver, Into the Woods and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to The Tempest and Faustus. Our Performing Arts Centre provides a range of venues including drama and dance studios as well as the Judi Dench Theatre.
Auditions for roles in the annual Senior production are open to all pupils from Year 9 to Year 11. Year 10 pupils studying Drama are expected to participate in and contribute to this, either on stage, backstage or front of house. Year 11 pupils studying Drama are encouraged to take onstage or backstage roles, especially where these can lead to GCSE assessments. We also offer the opportunity for pupils to study for LAMDA exams.
Where the opportunity arises, a trip to the theatre may be arranged by the Drama teacher. Most year groups, as part of their English work or as a general educational experience, are likely to visit the theatre at least once a year. When this happens, discussion and evaluation of the performance seen takes place in the Drama lesson, with a critical review being written where appropriate.
Art and Design
Our vibrant Art Department, based in the Stable Block, provides an inspirational creative space and is always buzzing with creative flair. Gallery visits are an integral part of Art and Design. There are opportunities for students to feel inspired, extend their learning, raise their cultural awareness and provide students with an enjoyable experience.
There are a range of opportunities to explore Art and Design beyond the curriculum including an Art Club, our Big Art Week and Fashion Shows. Our inspiring annual GCSE Art and Design Exhibition allows GCSE students to showcase their work to parents and the rest of the school.
“The Senior School Arts Faculty were experts in their fields and kept up to date with developments in teaching and the arts” – Artsmark